San Diego SeaLions beat Claremont Stars 3-1
SEALIONS Score Early to Down Claremont 3-1
San Diego SeaLions Remain in WPSL Playoffs Contention with Weekend Sweep
The San Diego SeaLions improved their playoff chances with a 3-1 victory over the Claremont Stars in a Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) match on Sunday, June 27, 2010.
The SeaLions notched a goal on their first shot on the game in the 2nd minute when Laura Linehan hit a through-ball to Michelle Spacciapolli, who then buried the ball into the back of the net. Nine minutes later, the duo paired up again to give San Diego a 2-0 lead, as Linehan knocked in a Spacciapolli cross.
Claremont answered back in the 46th minute to make the second half more interesting. However, San Diego controlled most of the play and the Stars never mounted another serious challenge. The SeaLions finished the scoring in the 89th minute on an Alex Webber goal.
directed a pass across the box and the oncoming Webber slotted the ball into the goal. San Diego, who is only two points behind the first place Ajax America
and LAFC Chelsea
, concludes the 2010 campaign with two home games on July 10 against The Rooks
and July 18 versus Ajax America
. Matches will be played at Manchester Stadium on the campus of Cathedral High School. For more information please visit San Diego SeaLions Soccer Schedule
About the Coaches
Jen Lalor-Nielsen – Head Coach
Sean Bowers – Asst. Coach
Ouying Zhang – Asst. Coach
A San Diego native, Lalor-Nielsen was born in Chula Vista and started playing soccer at the age of five. Known for her speed and ball control, she earned a full ride to Santa Clara University where she is now a member of the hall of fame. Nielsen played for the US Women's National Team from 1992 to 1995, and has also played professionally in Japan, Denmark and Sweden. She played in the WUSA for three years with the New York Power and the San Diego Spirit.
Currently, Jen and her husband Bo own and operate JB soccer
, a soccer-specific training company. Jen just finished her fifth season as Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach at Poway High School
, and has also just come off of a season as assistant women's soccer coach at Miramar Community College. READ MORE on JEN LALOR-NIELSEN
A native San Diegan, Bowers has a rich history in the sport as both a player and coach. He is still an active player, and member of the 2009/2010 PASL North American Champion San Diego Sockers. He was a 2002/2003 Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) All-Star, and the league's Defender of the Year with the Baltimore Blast. Bowers is a 3-time MISL Defender of the Year. He also played 4 years in Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Kansas City Wizards from 1996-2000, and was a two-time Defender of the Year. Bowers has also been a member of the U.S. National Futsal Team from 1996-2004, earning 36 international caps.
Ouying was born and raised in Heibei, China. She played 15 years with Heibei Province Club, where she tallied 90 goals in 175 games. Ouying captained China's 1999 and 2003 World Cup and 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams. In the 1999 World Cup, she played 61 minutes in the final against the USA, and converted a penalty kick in the now-famous shoot-out. The WUSA's San Diego Spirit acquired the Chinese striker in 2002 as Discovery Player. Ouying joined the San Diego SeaLions in 2006 under head coach Sean Bowers, where she was named to the WPSL Final Four National All-Tournament Team. In 2007, she scored 5 goals and was named First Team All-WPSL. Ouying is currently head coach of the women's junior varsity soccer team at Poway High School, and is also a coach with JB Soccer. She holds a level "C" coaching license from Beijing Sports University, as well as an Honorary BS Degree in Sports.
Established in 1988, the San Diego SeaLions, are one of the oldest female soccer clubs in the USA. The WPSL is a fifty-plus team national women's soccer league with five conferences and is considered one of the top women's soccer leagues in the world.
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